Give Your Players Work That Doesn’t Feel like Work

Cincinnati Development Academy direc­tor David Robertson talks about how he’s giv­ing his play­ers work that doesn’t feel like work, and how he uses data and video in play­er development.

Give Your Players Work That Doesn’t Feel like Work

Cincinnati Development Academy direc­tor David Robertson talks about how he’s giv­ing his play­ers work that doesn’t feel like work, and how he uses data and video in play­er development.

0:45 — Born to coach.

Robertson got his first coach­ing license when he was still in high school. He talks about his jour­ney in soc­cer coach­ing, and the role video and data have played.

3:30 — Impacting your com­mu­ni­ty dur­ing a crisis

CDA is tak­ing this time to make a dif­fer­ence around Cincinnati by writ­ing let­ters to senior cit­i­zens in nurs­ing homes, who can’t have any vis­i­tors due to COVID-19 restrictions.

4:45 — I didn’t want it to feel like home­work to them”

Robertson talked about all the ways he’s kept his play­ers dialed in, from trick­shot chal­lenges to Beastmode app work­outs to home­work assign­ments on vin­tage games between leg­endary European clubs.

8:50 — Making the grade

CDA has its own video ana­lyst, Simon Wigley, who uses Google Forms to chal­lenges play­ers to ana­lyze them­selves, their team­mates and their opponents.

11:20 — Building the model

Robertson dis­cussed the roles data and video play in how he devel­ops his game mod­el, and his coach­ing philosophy.

16:20 — More than just athletes

CDA empha­sizes a more holis­tic approach to play­er devel­op­ment. Robertson talked about how they look at play­ers not just on the pitch, but in the class­room and in lead­er­ship roles too.

17:10 — Start with these basics.

Looking to embrace more tech in your pro­gram? Robertson gives you the low­down on the essen­tials you need.

19:20 — CDA’s most impor­tant data point.

The first place Robertson’s eyes wan­der when he gets the game report? Percentage of pass­es com­plet­ed for­ward. He explains why, and how it’s lever­aged in their style of play.

22:00 — The caul­dron of Soccer-nati”

Cincinnati is one of the nation’s most impor­tant mar­kets for home­grown soc­cer tal­ent. Robertson tells us just how fierce the com­pe­ti­tion real­ly is, and to look for a few CDA play­ers who can absolute­ly” fol­low in USWNT star Rose Lavelle’s footsteps.